Dhruva Sarja as Ashok
Radhika Pandit as Anjali
P. Ravi Shankar as Appaji Gowda, Shankarappa's friend
Srinivasa Murthy as Shankarappa, Anjali's father
H. G. Dattatreya (credited as Dattanna)
Puneeth Rajkumar as Narrator
Speculations of Radhika Pandit having been signed as the female lead opposite Sarja were confirmed in March 2013. However, Sarja's signing was confirmed in October 2013. Having worked together in Addhuri (2012) previously, the film was their second together. It was revealed in August 2014, that actor Puneeth Rajkumar would be giving a voice-over for the film. Speaking on the importance of this, the director Chethan Kumar said, "The film begins with Puneeth's voice over. He introduces the characters and the story and his voice becomes the sutradhar of the film, as it returns towards the end of the film. What he says also forms an essence of this story that we have tried to narrate".
After the film was announced in 2012, the filming got underway, until the producers Legend International backed out in March 2013, following losses incurred from the failure of its previous production Andhar Bahar. Filming then resumed after R. S. Productions took over in October 2013. Majority of the film was shot in Mysore and Hubli, among other places like Bangalore and Mandya. Two songs for the film were shot in Malaysia. In an interview, Sarja revealed that he had to put on 22 kg for his role in the film and then shed 18 kg for the song sequences.
The trailer of the Bahaddur was released on 22 September 2014, on YouTube. As part of the promotional activities, the cast and crew of the film participated in a blood donation camp in Bangalore, organized by fan clubs Dhruva Warriors and Besuge Adda, prior to its 25th day run in theatres. The cast and crew then promoted the film in various theatres in Bangalore. They further went on a tour of Karnataka promoting the film, visiting places such as Mandya, Chitradurga, Davangere, Chamrajnagar and Tumkur.
The music for the film and soundtracks were composed by V. Harikrishna, with lyrics for the soundtracks penned by Chethan Kumar, Yogaraj Bhat, Kaviraj and A. P. Arjun. The soundtrack album has five tracks. It was released first on 1 September 2014, under the label D Beats, owned by V. Harikrishna. However, it was released officially on 20 September.
The soundtrack album was received positively by critics and fans alike. It sold 1 lakh audio CDs in 18 days from its release, also with 1.5 lakh digital downloads by the time. Following this, the platinum disc was launched in September 2014. Reviewing the album, Sunayana Suresh of The Times of India wrote, "The tracks make for a perfect mix of romance, massy and dance numbers -the must-haves in a commercial entertainer."
The film released on 3 October 2014, in around screens across Karnataka. The distribution rights of the film were bought by Samarth Prasad under his banner Samarth Ventures. Following a good response at the domestic box-office, it was announced 24 October, that the film would be screened in 29 centres abroad, that include screens in Australia, the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands and Singapore.
Upon its theatrical release, the film received mixed reviews from critics. Shyam Prasad S. of Bangalore Mirror gave the film a rating of four out of five and said, "[the film]... takes the romantic story of boy-meets-girl to the level where the rest of the characters are down to a bare minimum." and gave credit to the "chemistry between the lead pair". G. S. Kumar of The Times of India felt the film has "all the ingredients of the perfect romantic flick". He concluded writing praises for the roles of the acting, music, cinematography and the choreography departments in the film. Bharath Bhat of FilmiBeat gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and wrote, "Bahaddur is a very entertaining movie. The viewers will not have single moment of boredom. A must watch to all cine lovers." However, it received a negative review from S. Viswanath of Deccan Herald who gave the film a 1/5 rating and called the film "sickening". He wrote of the film, "Legitimising stalking, in the guise of comedy, Director Chethan Kumar gives one goosebumps."
Following a good opening, reports said Bahaddur collected ₹7.25 crore (US$1.1 million) in the first week of its release. A bulk of this, ₹3.8 crore (US$590,000) came from the Bangalore, Kolar and Tumkur regions. Following its first week from release, it managed to retain all the screens and collected ₹10 crore (US$1.6 million) within 2 weeks. Unusually, even two weeks after its release, the film was said to be faring well at multiplexes considering the Kannada films were screened in single screens after such a run, previously.